Northern Plains Children's Advocacy Center Grant

Posted: Nov 10 2022

Minot Area Community Foundation had the honor of visiting the Northern Plains Children’s Advocacy Center to present them with a ceremonial check for $4,000 for their Group Therapy program. The $4,000 grant was made possible through the Orlan & Rosella Tollefson Fund.

“NPCAC provides a compassionate and effective way to enrich the quality of people’s lives by supporting the health, well-being and vitality of the children and families in our community. This Group Therapy program, targeted to specific age categories, will help in the response to the rising need for mental health services and is critical to the ongoing development of those children,” said Jason Zimmerman, President of the Minot Area Community Foundation.

NPCAC provides an effective way to bring services to children who are victimized by abuse which significantly reduces the trauma associated with reporting child abuse and holds offenders accountable. NPCAC provides several services including Forensic Interviews, Victim/Family Advocacy, Crisis Intervention, and Specialized Trauma Therapy just to name a few.
The demand in our community for services has risen exponentially over the past few years. The waiting list for services grew with children having to wait up to 3 months to begin treatment. NPCAC clinicians worked to identify the common problems children of various age groups sought treatment for and began to develop specific group therapies to address these needs. By providing group therapy in addition to individual therapy, they can serve more children, shorten waitlists, and reduce the length of time in treatment.

“There is no greater issue than the abuse of our children. It takes an entire community to protect our children and serve those who have been victimized by crime,” says Christal Halseth, Executive Director of Northern Plains Children’s Advocacy Center. “Thanks to contributors such as the Minot Area Community Foundation, we can continue our work in responding to crimes against children and restoring childhood, so children can focus on being children, and grow into healthy adults.”

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